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A Set of 20 Contemporary Stained Glass Windows

| Introduction |

| East Nave | West Nave |

| 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 |

| Closing |


A message from the Rector on the stained glass windows

A quick slide show of all the windows (Windows Media Player)


Sue Obata - Designer

The concept behind my design for the nave windows of St. James is to celebrate God's Creation.  As people of the twenty first century, we are beginning to understand that our world is a fragile place that we have taken for granted as we have too often considered it only in terms of fulfilling our own needs.  As a result, all kinds of relationships disintegrate - our natural environments are often damaged without thought and in human terms, people are divided by nationalities and creeds.  Reflecting on nature can help us understand that we must see ourselves in relation to one another and the world - sharing a common humanity within Creation.


This leads to an understanding of Creation as Christians.  In celebrating Creation, we are acknowledging the God, the Creator "How many are your works O LORD, in wisdom you made them all ... These all look to you to give them their food at the proper time." Psalm 104:24-27.  He is the maker of all living things and the sustainer of all.  As He cares for them, we learn from His example so that we can also wisely care for and manage His Creation.  The Christian belief in God can therefore be a very positive force as it makes us think about our relationship to the rest of the world and teaches us to respond to those things that can harm any part of God's Creation.


Nave - East Side


Nave - West Side


The following are notes regarding the individual windows designs:


Nave - East Side



The First Triptych [return to top]

1. Chaos - before Creation

2. In the Beginning ...

3. "Let There Be Light"


The Second Triptych [return to top]

4. The Waters and the Firmament

and the beginnings of life forms; also the Creator's star

5. The Heavens

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon, and the stars - Psalm 8:3

One star differeth from another star in glory - Cor. 15:41

Also the 12 stars represent the 12 disciples, the fish in a triangle represent The Trinity - one fish was the symbol for Christ.

6. Let the Waters Bring Forth

creatures of the water and air


The Third Triptych [return to top]

7. God Called the Dry Land Earth

Behold I have given you every plant yielding seed

8. Let the Earth Bring Forth Living Creatures

Ram - symbol of strength; sometimes was used as a symbol for Chirst; from the story of Abraham

Ox - symbol of patience and strength (sacrificial animal - sometimes seen as a symbol of Christ, the true sacrifice)

Hare - itself defenseless, was sometimes  used as a symbol of those who put the hope of their salvation in Christ.

9. The Lord God Formed Man of Dust

from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.  This at last is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh ... she shall be called Woman.


The East End Window [return to top]

10. Thus the Heavens and the Earth were Finished

The two circles represent The Heavens and The Earth


Nave - West Side

Creation Continues


The West End Window [return to top]

11. The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil


The Fourth Triptych [return to top]

12. Human Creativity

We have been given mind, heart and spirit and with those gifts we have done much, good and evil ... reflection on the source of these gifts can lead us to take proper care of God's Creation.  Science, Biology, Botany, Astronomy, Physics.

13. Music and Visual Arts

14. The Written Word


The Fifth Triptych [return to top]

15. The Word Made Flesh

Jesus holding an apple ("the new man from Heaven") and an olive branch for Peace.

16. Like the Parable of the Sower

"As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the word and understands it; he indeed bears fruit (symbolized by the growth of the bush from seed - the Word of God)

17. Jesus Performs Miracles

Creation in a literal sense - Feeding the Five Thousand and The Marriage at Cana - turning water to wine.


Redemption of Creation


The Sixth Triptych [return to top]

18. Passion and Resurrection

Crucifixion of Christ

19. Resurrection

"Hope folds and unfolds her wings ..."

20.  Pathway to Discipleship